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#1 Ferguson500

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 13:32

Happy holidays, everybody!

I've been following these WOFT forums for the past year, and decided today that it is about time that I chime in with a new thread for everyone who wants to chip in about the upcoming board or just post your stats!

Just submitted my packet to the Battalion for my interview next week. Here is my packet's stats:

Age:18
Degree: High School Diploma (graduated year early) 2.6 GPA😓
ASVAB: 92 (not sure what my GT is)
SIFT: 64
Flight Time: no documented hrs
LOR's: Colonel of Idaho Air Army National Guard, Brigadier General of Idaho Air Army National Guard, Retired Colonel of National Guard, Retired Army CW4 (human factors integration specialist, Aircrew Integration Branch, Aviation Engineering Directorate), and the Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
PT: 280
Other Notes: Father is retired AH-64 pilot Warrant Officer and now owns a helicopter construction company so I have a LOT of hours around helicopters. Also have leadership and community service being a president for 2 groups and a treasurer for my high school class.

Overall I feel decent about my packet. I would have a way better shot if I had college, wasn't 18, and had logged flight hours. It is what it is though.

Good Luck Everybody!

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 15:26

Good Afternoon,

 

It's been a long year working towards getting my packet in. Glad to finally be able to post my numbers and give back to this forum.

 

Age: 22

Degree: 96 credit hours towards a degree in Computer Science 2.7 GPA (Ouch)

GT: 125

SIFT: 62

AFPT: 289

Flight Physical: Stamped and good to go

Flight Time: 11 hours fixed wing

Military: None

LORs:

  • Major General - Active duty Division West commander and former Night Stalker.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 5 - Active duty UH-60/OH-58 pilot, and close family friend.
  • Major - Active duty UH-60 pilot, and close family friend.
  • The CEO of my company (defense contractor), West Point graduate, and a former UH-60/UH-1 pilot.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 - Pursuing this letter now. Active duty AH-64/C-12 pilot.

About Me:

 

I'm a defense contractor, WOFT wannabe, and looking forward to getting my packet before the board. My father is a retired Army Officer and he has been a huge inspiration to me. I've been working around Army Aviation as a civilian now for a few years, and I'm ready to take the plunge. Good look to all boarding and I hope to see some of you at Ft. Rucker if I'm blessed with the phone call!


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 12:07

Good Afternoon,
 
It's been a long year working towards getting my packet in. Glad to finally be able to post my numbers and give back to this forum.
 
Age: 22
Degree: 96 credit hours towards a degree in Computer Science 2.7 GPA (Ouch)
GT: 125
SIFT: 62
AFPT: 289
Flight Physical: Stamped and good to go
Flight Time: 11 hours fixed wing
Military: None
LORs:

  • Major General - Active duty Division West commander and former Night Stalker.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 5 - Active duty UH-60/OH-58 pilot, and close family friend.
  • Major - Active duty UH-60 pilot, and close family friend.
  • The CEO of my company (defense contractor), West Point graduate, and a former UH-60/UH-1 pilot.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 - Pursuing this letter now. Active duty AH-64/C-12 pilot.
About Me:
 
I'm a defense contractor, WOFT wannabe, and looking forward to getting my packet before the board. My father is a retired Army Officer and he has been a huge inspiration to me. I've been working around Army Aviation as a civilian now for a few years, and I'm ready to take the plunge. Good look to all boarding and I hope to see some of you at Ft. Rucker if I'm blessed with the phone call!

Thanks for replying, Krustchinsky! I'd say good luck, but I don't think you need it! Seriously one of the most competitive packets I've seen. Great LOR's, great test scores, great background, and even some flight time to top it off. You've got me beat! Write a good essay and don't insult the battalion's families and I think you've got the slot! Hope to see you at Rucker! Fingers crossed!
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 14:32

How exactly did you get on as a defense contractor at your age with no military?

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 15:41

How exactly did you get on as a defense contractor at your age with no military?

 

I work as a software developer if that helps answer your question at all.



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Posted 25 December 2016 - 10:32

Happy holidays, everybody!
I've been following these WOFT forums for the past year, and decided today that it is about time that I chime in with a new thread for everyone who wants to chip in about the upcoming board or just post your stats!
Just submitted my packet to the Battalion for my interview next week. Here is my packet's stats:
Age:18
Degree: High School Diploma (graduated year early) 2.6 GPA
ASVAB: 92 (not sure what my GT is)
SIFT: 64
Flight Time: no documented hrs
LOR's: Colonel of Idaho Air Army National Guard, Brigadier General of Idaho Air Army National Guard, Retired Colonel of National Guard, Retired Army CW4 (human factors integration specialist, Aircrew Integration Branch, Aviation Engineering Directorate), and the Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
PT: 280
Other Notes: Father is retired AH-64 pilot Warrant Officer and now owns a helicopter construction company so I have a LOT of hours around helicopters. Also have leadership and community service being a president for 2 groups and a treasurer for my high school class.
Overall I feel decent about my packet. I would have a way better shot if I had college, wasn't 18, and had logged flight hours. It is what it is though.
Good Luck Everybody!


Don't count yourself out. You have a pretty solid packet. There have been plenty of people who do not have degrees or flight time that have made selection. With your LORs and your score you will most likely be selected. Just remain confident during the board and you will do fine.

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 12:18

Don't count yourself out. You have a pretty solid packet. There have been plenty of people who do not have degrees or flight time that have made selection. With your LORs and your score you will most likely be selected. Just remain confident during the board and you will do fine.


That's the plan! Thanks for the support!

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 13:10

Another long time lingerer here.. finally.. finally putting in for the March board..

 

AD Military- SPC 15P (aviation ops specialist)

 

Age:27

GT: 119

SIFT: 60

Degree: none 39 credits

PT: 262

LOR: Co- O-3 (OH-58 pilot, has not transitioned to another airframe), Bn- O-5 (AH-64/UH-60 pilot), CW4 (CH-47, BDE standardization pilot), CW4 (UH-60 Tacops pilot, also my OIC and reviewer)

Military: 3 years, 1 deployment, BLC, Air assault, CLS, Combatives, lots of aviation experience

Flight physical: Qualified (only with exception to policy, long story)

 

 

I've been chasing this since the day I enlisted in the Army, missed a lot of boards and hit a lot of road blocks, but for me this is isn't a fleeting dream, it's just a matter of time. :D


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 13:49

Also, for the other AD folks, looks like this March board will be filled with Commissioned officers applying as this is now the only board available to them this year.. not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing..


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Posted 22 January 2017 - 20:07

Another long time lingerer here.. finally.. finally putting in for the March board..
 
AD Military- SPC 15P (aviation ops specialist)
 
Age:27
GT: 119
SIFT: 60
Degree: none 39 credits
PT: 262
LOR: Co- O-3 (OH-58 pilot, has not transitioned to another airframe), Bn- O-5 (AH-64/UH-60 pilot), CW4 (CH-47, BDE standardization pilot), CW4 (UH-60 Tacops pilot, also my OIC and reviewer)
Military: 3 years, 1 deployment, BLC, Air assault, CLS, Combatives, lots of aviation experience
Flight physical: Qualified (only with exception to policy, long story)
 
 
I've been chasing this since the day I enlisted in the Army, missed a lot of boards and hit a lot of road blocks, but for me this is isn't a fleeting dream, it's just a matter of time. :D


Solid packet! Thank you for your service! Hope to see you at Rucker!
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Posted 24 January 2017 - 16:41

AD Army SSG 15Q(Air Traffic Controller)

Age: 27
GT: 123
SIFT: 48
Degree: 86 credits
PT: 284
LOR:CPT(UH60 pilot)
LTC(OH58/UH47 pilot)
COL(FA BDE Commander)
CW5(OH58/AH64 pilot)
Military: 7.5 years, 1 Deployment, BLC, ALC, Combatives, CLS, Joint Fire Power, UPL
Flight Physical: Approved

Looking at my stats, will my SIFT score end my chances of pursuing this dream?

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 13:04

Update:

 

Just finished my battalion board and was recommended for selection. Did not get the score, but I imagine I did well.

 

The process:

Drove with my recruiter to the battalion board in Irvine (I'm from the Denton area) around 0900.

A civilian employee at the battalion's office gave me some guidance on the official photo I would be taking, and then we assembled my name and "WOFT Applicant" out off some letters and placed it on a plaque. We took the photograph and I had some time to waste before the board so we relaxed in the break room. Walked up to the room to wait for the green light to go before the board then knocked three times, waited for the "Enter" command, and then went before the board. I stood at attention next to the chair and was introduced by my recruiter before being told that I could take sit and relax. I was asked just a few questions and the board only lasted for maybe 10 minutes. It was quick and to the point.

 

Here are some of the things I did to prepare:

  • Wore the same suit for both the board and my photograph. 
  • Practiced answering the basic questions with myself over the past few weeks. It is really likely that you will be asked questions about why you want to become a Warrant Officer and why you think you would be an asset to the Army. It is important that you practice to avoid the dreaded "umms" and "uhhhs" so that you appear to have a complete understanding of what you are getting into.
  • Relax. I can't stress enough how taking a breath before knocking and sitting before the board can help you. Sit back in your chair, focus on eye contact, and try to relax as much as possible. If you are tense and nervous it will show in your answers.
  • Be honest and direct. Don't tell elaborate stories and focus on answering their questions.

In all it was a good experience and I'm ready for the next chapter!


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 14:36

Update:

 

Just finished my battalion board and was recommended for selection. Did not get the score, but I imagine I did well.

 

The process:

Drove with my recruiter to the battalion board in Irvine (I'm from the Denton area) around 0900.

A civilian employee at the battalion's office gave me some guidance on the official photo I would be taking, and then we assembled my name and "WOFT Applicant" out off some letters and placed it on a plaque. We took the photograph and I had some time to waste before the board so we relaxed in the break room. Walked up to the room to wait for the green light to go before the board then knocked three times, waited for the "Enter" command, and then went before the board. I stood at attention next to the chair and was introduced by my recruiter before being told that I could take sit and relax. I was asked just a few questions and the board only lasted for maybe 10 minutes. It was quick and to the point.

 

Here are some of the things I did to prepare:

  • Wore the same suit for both the board and my photograph. 
  • Practiced answering the basic questions with myself over the past few weeks. It is really likely that you will be asked questions about why you want to become a Warrant Officer and why you think you would be an asset to the Army. It is important that you practice to avoid the dreaded "umms" and "uhhhs" so that you appear to have a complete understanding of what you are getting into.
  • Relax. I can't stress enough how taking a breath before knocking and sitting before the board can help you. Sit back in your chair, focus on eye contact, and try to relax as much as possible. If you are tense and nervous it will show in your answers.
  • Be honest and direct. Don't tell elaborate stories and focus on answering their questions.

In all it was a good experience and I'm ready for the next chapter!

 

so applying as civilian you have the same deadline right? 



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 19:07

Update:
 
Just finished my battalion board and was recommended for selection. Did not get the score, but I imagine I did well.
 
The process:
Drove with my recruiter to the battalion board in Irvine (I'm from the Denton area) around 0900.
A civilian employee at the battalion's office gave me some guidance on the official photo I would be taking, and then we assembled my name and "WOFT Applicant" out off some letters and placed it on a plaque. We took the photograph and I had some time to waste before the board so we relaxed in the break room. Walked up to the room to wait for the green light to go before the board then knocked three times, waited for the "Enter" command, and then went before the board. I stood at attention next to the chair and was introduced by my recruiter before being told that I could take sit and relax. I was asked just a few questions and the board only lasted for maybe 10 minutes. It was quick and to the point.
 
Here are some of the things I did to prepare:

  • Wore the same suit for both the board and my photograph. 
  • Practiced answering the basic questions with myself over the past few weeks. It is really likely that you will be asked questions about why you want to become a Warrant Officer and why you think you would be an asset to the Army. It is important that you practice to avoid the dreaded "umms" and "uhhhs" so that you appear to have a complete understanding of what you are getting into.
  • Relax. I can't stress enough how taking a breath before knocking and sitting before the board can help you. Sit back in your chair, focus on eye contact, and try to relax as much as possible. If you are tense and nervous it will show in your answers.
  • Be honest and direct. Don't tell elaborate stories and focus on answering their questions.
In all it was a good experience and I'm ready for the next chapter!

Thanks for the insight! Good to hear that your interview went good! My recruiter has informed me that my battalion board is in a couple of weeks. My interview will be over video conference because my battalion is out of SLC and I'm in Boise. I'm not sure if a video conference will be an advantage or a disadvantage. I guess we'll see!

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 20:43

Thanks for the insight! Good to hear that your interview went good! My recruiter has informed me that my battalion board is in a couple of weeks. My interview will be over video conference because my battalion is out of SLC and I'm in Boise. I'm not sure if a video conference will be an advantage or a disadvantage. I guess we'll see!

 
Yeah a video conference definitely will change the dynamic, but I'm sure you'll do great man!



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 20:46

 

so applying as civilian you have the same deadline right? 

 

I think the deadlines are different. Since my batt. board is done, I know they submit same day to USAREC and I think we have until a week or two prior to the board to submit changes and/or correct errors.



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 21:19

 

I think the deadlines are different. Since my batt. board is done, I know they submit same day to USAREC and I think we have until a week or two prior to the board to submit changes and/or correct errors.

well either way you're submitted prior to that 27 Jan deadline. My packet was submitted and accepted today (had some minor corrections I had to fix). what a relief B)

 

NOW WE WAIT!


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 01:22

AD Army SSG 15Q(Air Traffic Controller)

Age: 27
GT: 123
SIFT: 48
Degree: 86 credits
PT: 284
LOR:CPT(UH60 pilot)
LTC(OH58/UH47 pilot)
COL(FA BDE Commander)
CW5(OH58/AH64 pilot)
Military: 7.5 years, 1 Deployment, BLC, ALC, Combatives, CLS, Joint Fire Power, UPL
Flight Physical: Approved

Looking at my stats, will my SIFT score end my chances of pursuing this dream?

I'm not too familiar with AD selection, but the rest of your packet seems pretty solid. My best bit of advice would be to improve other areas of your packet to offset your SIFT. Try to get that PT up to 300 and obtain another really good LOR if you can. Whatever you do, don't stop trying. You'll get in eventually, and you'll be extremely happy that you didn't let one test get in the way of your dream.

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 19:59

AD Army SSG 15Q(Air Traffic Controller)

Age: 27
GT: 123
SIFT: 48
Degree: 86 credits
PT: 284
LOR:CPT(UH60 pilot)
LTC(OH58/UH47 pilot)
COL(FA BDE Commander)
CW5(OH58/AH64 pilot)
Military: 7.5 years, 1 Deployment, BLC, ALC, Combatives, CLS, Joint Fire Power, UPL
Flight Physical: Approved

Looking at my stats, will my SIFT score end my chances of pursuing this dream?


Sorry to take this off topic, but I'd love to talk to you about 15q AIT if you wouldn't mind sending a pm. I'll be heading there in a couple months if I survive Basic.
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 10:57

Other posts have mentioned there is currently a shortage of pilots. What does that mean for the March board? Better chance of selection hopefully....
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